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Keller: Giving means much more than money

When someone talks about a person being generous, what comes to mind is that they’re blessing others with money. Generosity isn’t just about money. It’s about sharing your time, experiences and talents with others.

The Bible says in order to find your life, you have to give it away.

The 12-step program that I’m familiar with describes it as a selfish program. It tells you that in order to keep your sobriety, you have to give it away.

There is an old saying that you can’t outgive God. If you want to have peace and expect to be blessed, start being a giver.

Norman Vincent Peale said, “When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping others with their difficulties, you’ll be able to cope with your own more effectively.” The time I struggle and dislike myself the most is when I concentrate on myself and forget about others.

Having four children and being human, I’ve occasionally thought that I wished they had more material possessions. I was then reminded by God that He has supplied them with everything they need.

Shortly after thanking Him for His generosity to them, I am grateful that my children are unselfish. They help each other and reach out to others.

Generosity can also be about blessing others with money. It’s a fact that most charitable donations aren’t from wealthy people, but from widows, people on fixed incomes and average working-class people. God doesn’t measure how much you give, but the sacrifice that goes with your gift.

An excellent example can be found in the Bible, Mark 12: 41,42,43,44, “Then Jesus went over to the collection boxes in the Temple and sat and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Some who were rich put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two pennies. He called his disciples to him and remarked, “That poor widow has given more than all those rich men put together. For they gave a little of their extra fat, while she gave up her last penny. ”

If you have any questions, or comments, please write to Harold Keller at Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084 or call (985) 652-8477.